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Horner: We love having Mark in the team

Sunday 8th July 2012

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Horner: We love having Mark in the team

Horner: We love having Mark in the team

Mark Webber has probably taken another step closer to securing another season with Red Bull after a brilliant display at Silverstone.

The Australian started P2 on the grid behind Fernando Alonso but his better pace, coupled with some excellent calls from the pit wall, helped him to pip the Ferrari driver to P1 during the closing stages of the British Grand Prix.

Team principal Christian Horner had nothing but praise for the veteran after the race.

"It was a flat out race," he told BBC Sport.

"We elected to start on the soft, surprised to see Fernando on hard but we knew we would be quicker at the end of the race. Mark was quick when we needed him to be and the pass was fantastic."

The result means Webber has now outscored his team-mate and defending World Champion Sebastian Vettel in three of the last four races.

His contract at Red Bull runs out at the end of the season, but if he continues to perform at the current levels then the Milton Keynes squad won't have much of a choice to hold onto him for at least another season.

"Mark this year has been in great form," Horner added.

"He is enjoying his driving again and his performance here has been very strong. To win just up the road from where he lives is fantastic. Mark is doing great for us, we love having him in the team. We have agreed to sit down in the next couple of weeks [and discuss his future]."

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